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Activist placed in mental home: reports

January 22, 2006

Chinese police allegedly bound and gagged an activist and then forced her into a psychiatric hospital after she attempted to petition the government over forced land seizures, a US-based rights group said yesterday. Liu Xinjuan was one of several people detained on Jan. 16 in Shanghai as they prepared to take their grievances to the local legislature, New York-based Human Rights in China (HRIC) said. Liu, a longtime activist, has petitioned the government several times with residents' complaints that authorities demolished their homes without consulting them and that they were not properly compensated.

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